5th October 2012

Adil Anwar

“Platinum Kid” Adil Anwar will face Dale Miles in a British title a eliminator on the undercard of  David Price’s British and Commonwealth heavyweight title defence against Audley Harrison at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on the 13th October.

Anwar is an exceptional boxer and has won 17 of his 18 fights he is originally from Leeds and will be in for a tough test against against Dales Miles 13-1 (10KOs) on the show being presented by Frank Maloney Promotions. Here is my interview with him.
SC – How did you come about the nickname for yourself “Platinum Kid”?

Adil – This name was given to me by my trainer Mark Bateson, simply because he believed that I had the drive to shine when the occasion called for it. I wasn’t fond of the name at first, but it gradually grew on me.

SC – How did you first start boxing and tell us about your first professional fight?

Adil – My father was passionate about sport as my grandfather was a gymnast in the Pakistani Army and he was determined to get me into a sporting profession. As a huge Muhammad Ali fan, he ushered me towards the boxing ring at the age of 14, and the rest, as they say, is history.

SC – You fought well in the amateurs, how did you get into the Prizefighter?

Adil – I took a shot at the English Welterweight title at 4 days notice and won and I believe that that is what secured my place in the Prizefighter tournament.

SC – You been training with Ricky Hatton in the past how have you found that & what do you think of his current position?

Adil – I have actually been training with Ricky’s younger brother Matthew Hatton prior to his fight with Kell Brook, which was a brilliant experience for myself as he has fought at the top level of the professional game.  Ricky Hatton making a comeback is an interesting step for British boxing as he was a very exciting fighter and had a huge fan following.

SC – Now there’s not long left, apart from your expectations to win once again, how have you been finding the run up to this fight if anything different?

Adil – After winning the Prizefighter, I was meant to fight Lenny Daws for a British title eliminator however Daws pulled out and I fought Dave Ryan instead on the 19th of May to extend my winning record. I was put forward an offer to fight the then reigning British champion Ashley Theophane with only a weeks notice, and I accepted the offer, however, Theophane refused the fight as he didn’t fancy his chances against me.  Preparation for this fight has been excellent but not entirely different. I have put forward many hours of commitment, dedication and sparred with a number of high profiled domestic fighters, all thanks to my trainer, Mark Bateson, who has devoted a lot of his own time to help me prepare for this final eliminator.

SC – What has Eddie Hearn said to you and how have Matchroom been treating you?

Adil – Whilst I was in the Prizefighter, Matchroom was fantastic and Eddie Hearn was a very cool guy. However, since Prizefighter, I have had no communication with either Eddie or Matchroom. I have fought under the Frank Maloney banner since Prizefighter and will be doing so on the 13th of October, live on Box Nation.

SC – We can see that from your own words that you have been training intensely, give us a rundown of your typical training day?

Adil – My training starts at 4am with a 5 mile inclined run, and then at 10am I do 10 rounds of pad workout with my trainer. The next session at 6pm is a mixture of circuit, bag work, sparring etc.

SC – Any words to the young audiences you’ll be capturing this weekend?

Adil – I am fighting on October the 13th after the David Price fight, which I hope will capture the attention of the watching Liverpool crowd.

SC – Where do you see yourself progressing to in the next 5yrs?

Adil – I am 25, I would like to see myself fighting for the British title early next year and moving up to the European stages the following year. 5 years seems to b a long time away, however, I’d like to see myself looking at a World title shot within the next 2 years.

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